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Public Safety

  • Driver charged for DUI in school bus

    HILLSVILLE — A former Carroll County Public Schools substitute driver for summer faces two class 1 misdemeanor charges after allegedly operating a bus while drunk.
    Ricky Lee Phillips, 51, will no longer be a bus driver for Carroll schools after the June 14 incident, when Hillsville Police Department Patrolman Billy Anauo charged him with a first-offense driving of a commercial motor vehicle while intoxicated and reckless driving, according to Carroll court records.

  • Pursuit comes to 'shocking' conclusion

    HILLSVILLE — A man who allegedly ran from police after a domestic dispute ended up getting tasered by police in a Hickory Hills Shopping Center store on June 18, according to Hillsville Police Department Captain James Alderman.
    Hillsville police officers received a call reporting a domestic on Howlett Street at Westview Terrace Apartments, Alderman said.
    Sgt. Jason Hawks responded. When he arrived on the scene, a suspect named James Berlin Linville, 35, fled on foot towards the shopping center.

  • Money stolen from Peking Palace

    HILLSVILLE — Town police have asked for help from the public in solving a theft from Peking Palace on June 18.
    Hillsville Police Department Investigator Alan Gravley continues to look into the incident at the restaurant at 2664 Old Galax Pike, according to Captain James Alderman.
    “Apparently, the owner or the manager was distracted by individual or individuals and a bank deposit bag with an undisclosed amount of money and a wallet was taken,” Alderman reported. “The wallet was recovered over in Wytheville,” on Peppers Ferry Road.

  • Suspected construction scammers arrested

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department has charged two North Carolina men with grand larceny by false pretenses after investigating a report by two elderly women that they had been the victims of a recent scam, according to a news release from Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    On June 6, two men stopped at a residence in Hillsville and informed the two women that their roof was in desperate need of repair, the news release said.
    The two elderly women could not go outside and look at their roof and believed that the two men were telling the truth.

  • RV fire was potentially explosive

     

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Fire Department members answered a call on Interstate 77 Thursday that photographer David Young said "was literally a ticking time bomb." 

    The 11:30 a.m. incident involved an RV and trailer burning near the 19 mile marker.

  • Carroll schools improving security

    HILLSVILLE — Even as Carroll educators prepare for some much-needed improvements at the high school, another contractor will secure the doors of each facility in the county.
    Officials have asked Ken-Nect Communications to install the security measures at the high school first, so that work won’t interfere with the update to the heating and air conditioning system; connecting the facility to natural gas service; and creating a science, technology, engineering and math lab, according to Superintendent Strader Blankenship at the June 13 school board meeting.

  • Cana man dies in N.C. crash

    A Cana man died on Monday from critical injuries sustained in a June 14 motorcycle accident on Pipers Gap Road.
    Stanley Gray Collins, 75, was traveling on Pipers Gap Road in Galax heading to Mount Airy, N.C., when he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle, according to Surry County, N.C., Emergency Services Director John Shelton.
    The motorcycle veered off of the road and struck a utility pole and a mailbox located at 309 Wise Man’s Trail. “He had critical injuries on the scene,” Shelton said.

  • AAA warns of derecho dangers

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  • Police car involved in head-on collision

     

  • Fatal Interstate 77 wreck occurs in rainstorm

    HILLSVILLE — An early Friday morning downpour contributed to a wreck with a fatality on Interstate 77 at about 12:50 a.m., according to Virginia State Police Trooper C.H. Campbell Jr.
    The incident happened near the 12.5 mile marker when a 2009 Mitsubishi Gallant driven by Susan Petty, 55, of Lexington, S.C., hydroplaned in the rainstorm while traveling north, as the driver attempted to pass a commercial vehicle.
    Petty lost control and the vehicle, spun into the guardrail and then back out into the lanes of travel near the center line, facing south.